Monocycle: Episode 5, Boredom

In the months that led up to the new millennium, conspiracy theorists had a field day supposing the sort of havoc a new century would wreak on society as we knew it. Computers would crash. Phones would no longer work. We’d all. Just. Die. But on the contrary, what happened was the exact opposite. Our computing systems grew more clever: smaller, faster, smarter. Phones became our new appendages and we forgot the art of communication IRL — we created an acronym for the term “in real life,” for heaven’s sake! And boredom, a human condition that once defined a bygone era was essentially exterminated. Or was it? In this week’s episode of Monocycle, we talk about the value of boredom in 2015, what term we may have supposed to replace it and how we’re going to take back “busy.” Complaining be damned!

Intro song: “The Show Must Be Go” by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License. Logo illustration by Kelly Shami; background image via Nasty Gal.

Monocycle is produced by Kate Barnett and edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander.


Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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